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Sheikh Naif Rajoub
An imam in Hebron and the younger brother of Jibril Rajoub, who was
the head of security for Fateh in the West Bank and a favorite of
Yasser Arafat, until he lost his seat in the Hebron district in the
legislative election. All 9 council seats from Hebron went to Hamas
candidates, with Naif receiving the most votes and his brother Jibril
coming in 12th place.
A seven-member CNI-led observer mission to the Palestinian Legislative Council
elections on January 25th, 2006 including Ambassadors Edward Peck and Robert Keeley, included stays in all five neighboring countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The delegation met with top government
officials and leading opposition figures in Palestine and neighboring Arab countries to assess the accelerated development of democratic institutions and their impact on U.S. long-term interests in the region.